Writing in Circles

This weekend, the Trifecta editors asked for something a little different:

This weekend, we’re asking for you to sum up your own process with just three little words.  Give us dry wit, pathos or otherwise.  And remember, we like your blood on the page.  Put it there.

My writing process in three words:


Second-guess.  Repeat.


Three words…simple, right?  Not so much.  There are so many words that could describe my writing process (or more often, lack of writing process!)  I may have cheated a little with the hyphenated word, but in other challenges, it counts as one word, so I’m going with it.

Hold on.  Let me re-think it…

Yeah, this is definitely my process.  I’d better publish before I get stuck in the repeat loop. 😛

This is my brain on writing!
This is my brain on writing!

If you want to read other responses, or submit one yourself, click here to check out the complete info on Trifecta’s site!

80 thoughts on “Writing in Circles

  1. Kir Piccini July 12, 2013 / 7:35 AM

    Oh yes, I think that second guess is one we all do before we hit publish.
    but I love your words..always have, always will.

    • jannatwrites July 12, 2013 / 7:42 AM

      You are so nice, Kir! I get stuck in the second-guess phase often 🙂

    • jannatwrites July 12, 2013 / 7:44 AM

      The lesson should probably be filed under “How Not To Write” 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Yarnspinnerr!

      • yarnspinnerr July 12, 2013 / 7:47 AM

        NO. Second guessing is important.

        I am sure this session of trifecta shall be exceptional.

        3 words ….. totally at sea.

        • jannatwrites July 12, 2013 / 8:06 AM

          Well, I quickly turn second-guess into “obsess” because I get hung up on specific words.

          I’m loving the entries so far. It’s going to be an interesting weekend!

  2. Colline July 12, 2013 / 7:47 AM

    I think you have summed up the process perfectly 🙂

    • jannatwrites July 12, 2013 / 8:07 AM

      Thanks, Colline! I haven’t mastered many things, but I do have a grasp on second-guessing 🙂

  3. Cobbie's World July 12, 2013 / 7:52 AM

    It is good to know that such a great writer as yourself can be plagued with doubt and second-guessing, too. What a universal writer’s trait! 🙂

    • jannatwrites July 12, 2013 / 8:08 AM

      Wow, Cobbie – thanks for the kind comment. I don’t think of myself as a great writer at all (so many out there write better than I do,) but it does make me feel better that others can relate to second-guessing.

  4. Catherine Johnson July 12, 2013 / 8:11 AM

    It sounds perfectly normal :0)

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 11:47 AM

      Thanks, Catherine- normal isn’t usually used to describe me!

  5. September Dreams July 12, 2013 / 8:42 AM

    Yeahhh… The second-guess phase… Indeed so many of us get stuck in the phase 🙂
    Nice one Janna.

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 11:48 AM

      I drive myself nuts with it, September Dreams. Even after publishing a post, I’ll still have a word or two nagging me and I wonder if I picked the ‘right’ words.

  6. Joe Owens July 12, 2013 / 9:01 AM

    Thankfully I don’t get into a lot of second-guessing situations. Right now I am unsettled about how to start my book. I have tow possible choices and will decide within the moth and let it go.

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 11:49 AM

      I’m sure the best beginning will just feel right and you’ll know. Good luck, Joe!

  7. barbara July 12, 2013 / 10:06 AM

    nicely done, Janna!

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 11:49 AM

      Thanks, Barbara. I wasn’t sure I could do this…I have trouble narrowing a response to 33 words 🙂

  8. Christine July 12, 2013 / 10:15 AM

    3-word rebuttal: Post, don’t panic. 🙂

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 11:51 AM

      3-word response: Can’t help obsessing 😛

      Thanks for reading, Christine!

  9. Valerie July 12, 2013 / 11:14 AM

    Love this one! I can totally relate!!

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 11:52 AM

      Thanks, Valerie! I try to post what I write fairly quickly because I can spend hours analyzing every word choice. It’s maddening!

  10. stankmeaner July 12, 2013 / 11:19 AM

    Ha, it’s the Common Sense Instructions on the back of a Blogging Bottle, I love it

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 11:53 AM

      🙂 Thanks for reading, Stankmeaner. I’ve only had a few posts where the content itself made me panic and think I should take it back (usually the super-personal posts.) On nearly every post, word choices nag at me.

  11. Sandra July 12, 2013 / 11:45 AM

    My 3 word comment: That’s me, too!

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 11:54 AM

      My 3-word response: Love your company!

      I wish second-guessing wasn’t part of it, but it is at least a little comforting that others can relate.

  12. Lance July 12, 2013 / 1:20 PM

    Your Writing Moves

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 11:55 AM

      You didn’t strike me as the second-guess type, Dianne!

  13. Tara R. July 12, 2013 / 2:37 PM

    And third, and fourth, and…. et al.

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 11:56 AM

      Oh, the second-guessing is an infinite loop. Thanks for reading, Tara!

  14. Eric Alagan July 12, 2013 / 5:35 PM

    Pretty close to mine, Janna:

    Think, Write, Rewrite.

    P/s: Incidentally, in my opinion, hyphenated words count as one – unless there is a single word that can replace the h-word.

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 11:58 AM

      No way to get around rewriting, Eric. Thanks for reading and sharing your 3-word process!

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 11:58 AM

      Thanks, Phil! I second-guess…a lot 🙂

  15. deanabo July 12, 2013 / 6:44 PM

    Me too! Very good choice.

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 11:59 AM

      I’m glad I’m not alone with the crazy second-guessing. Thanks for stopping by, Deanabo!

  16. DonettaS July 12, 2013 / 6:53 PM

    I love how you ‘second-guessed’ if you had cheated somewhat. lol. Wonderfully written and very good showing. 🙂

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 11:59 AM

      Thanks, Donetta. I was wondering if anyone would call me on my demonstration of my second-guessing habit 🙂

  17. Draug419 July 12, 2013 / 9:02 PM

    It’s just like shampoo. All sudsy and like.

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 12:00 PM

      Only you know what you get at the end of a shampoo…with my writing, it’s a gamble 🙂

  18. debseeman July 13, 2013 / 9:35 AM

    It’s funny that most of the pieces I second guess are the ones with the best responses. It must be fear of success. Or not. Who knows because like you it loops and I do it all over.

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 12:02 PM

      That’s interesting that those get the best responses…I’ve had a few like that, too, Deb. Most of the pieces I second-guess are ones that are more personal or that might be controversial.

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 12:03 PM

      It’s horrible, Renee – there’s never any resolution…just the choice to walk away when the loop gets tiring.

  19. Suzanne July 13, 2013 / 11:41 AM

    Love the second-guess (which totally counts as one word). This was a much tougher challenge than I expected, but I am loving reading everyone’s submissions.

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 12:04 PM

      It was a tough challenge, Suzanne. I have trouble with 33-words, so three was hard. (I posted rather quickly so I wouldn’t spend the entire weekend obsessing (second-guessing) my choice!)

  20. Sarah Ann July 13, 2013 / 11:48 AM

    Love your title, which so well sums up your process.

    • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 12:05 PM

      Thanks, Sarah Ann. I wish there was more progress in my process 🙂

      • Sarah Ann July 13, 2013 / 12:08 PM

        It’s just so difficult to sum up what we do in three words! I think mine should have been, write, edit, re-edit.

        • jannatwrites July 13, 2013 / 12:10 PM

          Yes, it is hard to pick just three words. I don’t know about you, but the three words can change depending on how ideas flow (or don’t flow.)

        • Sarah Ann July 13, 2013 / 12:13 PM

          Definitely. A bad day could be summed up as: sit and stare.

  21. lovethebadguy July 14, 2013 / 4:58 AM

    Such a vicious cycle…

    Nice choice, Janna. 🙂

    • jannatwrites July 14, 2013 / 10:37 PM

      If I’m lucky, I exit the loop before going crazy. Thanks for reading, Lovethebadguy!

  22. Debbie July 14, 2013 / 6:00 PM

    Me, too, Janna! Well done!

    • jannatwrites July 14, 2013 / 10:38 PM

      There’s comfort in knowing I’m not the only one, but geez, the second-guessing does get old 🙂

  23. Diane Turner July 14, 2013 / 10:08 PM

    Perfect and true. Good choice. Thanks for sharing.

  24. karen July 14, 2013 / 11:21 PM

    That’s brilliant. As an editor first, foremost and most happiest, I would say that you have a terrific formula. But the endless loop thing can be rather painful!

    • jannatwrites July 15, 2013 / 11:24 PM

      Thanks, Karen! A little second-guessing makes for deliberate choices…the endless loop just invites insanity.

  25. Thomas Marlowe July 15, 2013 / 2:30 AM

    The second-guessing is so damned true – I’d be a lot more productive if I didn’t get stuck in that section

    • jannatwrites July 15, 2013 / 11:25 PM

      Hehe, wouldn’t we all, Thomas! I find it hard to call something finished because even after its published, there are often word choices that still nag at me.

  26. pattisj July 23, 2013 / 12:32 PM

    Good one, Janna, though one would never know by reading your work.

    • jannatwrites July 23, 2013 / 9:33 PM

      Thanks, Patti. Thank goodness no one can witness the internal debate that goes on with some of my posts. Or the obsessing over word choice that happens on every single one!

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